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The Customs, Ceremonies, Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling,
And Festivities Of The Christmas Season.

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ST. DISTAFF'S DAY.                                   217
SAINT DISTAFF'S DAY.
7TH JANUARY.
C ONCLUSION.
The day which precedes this is, as we have already informed our readers, the last of the twelve days which constitute what is, emphatically, the Christmas season ;—and with the revel ries of Twelfth-night, the general holiday is, in strictness, considered to be at an end. As, however, we found it necessary to approach the throng of its celebrations with some degree of preparation— to pass through some of its lighted antechambers, before we ventured to trust our eyes amid the blaze of the temple itself— so also, we dare not step, at once, from its thousand lights, into the common air of the every-day world, without a previous sub-jecting of our imaginations to the diminished glare of the outer chambers which lie on this other side. And this it is the more incumbent on us to do—because the revellers, whose proceedings it is our business to describe, take the same course, in returning to the business of life.
It is not, as we have said, to be expected that, after the full chorus of increased mirth which hath swelled up anew for the last of these celebrations, the ear should all at once accustom itself to a sudden and utter silence—should endure the abrupt ab­sence of all festival sound :—nor can all the laughing spirits of the season, who were engaged, in added numbers, for the revelries of last night, be got quietly laid at rest, in the course of a single day. One or other of them are, accordingly, found lurking about the corners of our chambers, after the ceremonies, for which they are called up, are over—encouraged to the neglect of the order
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